Liverpool legend John Aldridge says Champions League success should take a backburner this season.

Aldo wrote in the Sunday World: "The European Cup is a special competition for everyone associated with Liverpool, and the five glorious triumphs achieved in the competition is a central part of the folklore and history of my old club.

"However, would I be content if they had a great run in the Champions League this season and then ended up finishing fifth or sixth in the Premier League, partly because they had been distracted by their European commitments?

"The priority for Liverpool must be to qualify for the Champions League year after year, from this point forward, and it is tougher than ever to do that right now with Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all looking strong.

"Manchester United will get themselves back on track sooner rather than later with Louis van Gaal at the helm, while Everton and the Tottenham side Liverpool will take on at White Hart Lane this afternoon will have their eyes on a top-four finish, too.

"I reckon a realistic target for Liverpool in their first season back in the Champions League would be a run to the quarter-finals, but it cannot come at the expense of Premier League consistency."

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